My Weekend Escape To Edinburgh

If feels like it was ages ago that I had my weekend escape to Edinburgh

I love weekend breaks away, it is a great way to unwind as well as experience somewhere new

If you follow me on Instagram you would have seen my real time stories of everything I got up to

For those of you that didn’t get to see them I will fill you in on some of the key bits

The trip started with an early morning flight with British Airways in to Edinburgh airport. It was only a short flight but as I have built up so many air miles for spending on my American Express credit card, I thought it would be nice to fly premium for a change

A perk of flying premium with British Airways are their airport lounges

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We got the bus from Edinburgh airport into old town

We stayed in a hotel called The Scotsman which was right in the city centre

The hotel was full of character with luxurious features, the walls and the floors were very grand



It sits at the top of the North Bridge which is one of the highest resident points of the village. Allowing sensational views over the town and Edinburgh Castle. There are also some amazing lodges with hot tubs in Edinburgh for those who would rather something other than a hotel

The Director Room was the room in which we stayed, it which was a large newly refurbished room with panelled walls and stylish features

The Scotsman Hotel is a 4 star rated hotel. The location, the quality and the value of the room is ideal for anyone wanting a nice, elegant stay within the heart of the city



Edinburgh Castle

The castle for me was the high light of the trip, we spent pretty much the whole day there

If like me you get engrossed in history, try and get there as early as possible as it closes at 6pm

You can buy an audio tour or you can just make your way round the castle yourself going from point to point

I highly recommend the audio tour though as there was a lot more information then you would have found out by just going round the points alone

Parts of the military are still on site and it is in use

You can  go to St. Margarets chapel within the grounds which was built round 1130. It is very small and it is still used to this day for Christenings and Weddings

The crown jewels of Scotland are on display to see, which is a pretty spectacular sight

Number one on my list of things to do in Edinburgh


The Scottish Whisky Experience

Whisky wouldn’t usually be my drink of choice, but when in Scotland it would be rude not to try some

I was actually pleasantly surprised by the samples I got throughout the Whisky tour


Learning about the history of the whisky and how each batch gets it’s flavours was pretty interesting

The tour was great fun. It starts with a whisky barrel ride through time and the aromas of whisky and then a virtual tour of a distillery. It was all pretty impressive

You get taught about identifying the taste notes in the different types of Whisky

As well as which regions are the produces of which type

Another attraction that I would highly recommend

Edinburgh was such a fun break away and I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. Even all the walking up hills and stairs didn’t bother me too much

If you enjoy reading about visiting new places see what I got up to for my birthday in Bruge and my Easter holiday in Portugal 

If you are looking for a family day out have a look at Plean Country Park

Please let me know where you would recommend visiting in Edinburgh as I plan to go back in the future


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  1. Alica
    27/09/2018 / 08:15

    I have always wanted to visit Edinburgh and I am determined I will go next year with my hubby for a weekend, it looks lovely! Your hotel looks gorgeous!

  2. Margaret Gallagher
    27/09/2018 / 08:32

    A beautiful city – looks like you had a ball

  3. Tracey Hallmark
    27/09/2018 / 09:18

    A fantastic city Iโ€™ve only been the once but itโ€™s definitely on my travel bucket list to go again and explore it further

  4. lesley renshaw
    27/09/2018 / 13:29

    We spent last Christmas at Edinburgh. It was fantastic (especially the whiskey!) x

  5. Susan Smith
    27/09/2018 / 13:55

    I am lucky enough to have a friend who lives not far from Edinburgh, so we have visited many times, its a beautiful city with loads of history, this year we are going to their Christmas markets, which i can highly reccomend

  6. Annabel Greaves
    27/09/2018 / 14:15

    It looks like a really historic place to visit

  7. Victoria Sparrow
    27/09/2018 / 14:50

    One of the best times to visit Edinburgh is at Samhain. Love being there during special occasions

  8. Su
    27/09/2018 / 16:33

    Edinburgh is a great city,glad you enjoyed it

  9. Geri Gregg
    27/09/2018 / 16:41

    Looks like a lovely place x

  10. Andrea Fletcher
    27/09/2018 / 17:54

    We visited Edinburgh last October and had a great time visiting the Castle, National Museum which was amazing and the lovely Botanical Gardens.

  11. 27/09/2018 / 19:50

    Beautiful city to visit I’ve been worth going

  12. Margaret Clarkson
    28/09/2018 / 08:09

    So nice to read of your lovely visit. Edinburgh is such a beautiful city.

  13. Natasha Crommer
    28/09/2018 / 11:17

    Beautiful city x

  14. Laura Turner
    28/09/2018 / 20:28

    I love Edinburgh. The most beautiful city in the UK. Never been to the Witchery though.

  15. Priscilla Stubbs
    29/09/2018 / 18:23

    I haven’t been to Edinburgh since I was a child so can’t really advice of places to go to

  16. Lorna Ledger
    29/09/2018 / 18:28

    this looks like an amazing weekend, have always wanted to go, especially to the vaults

  17. janine wainwright
    01/10/2018 / 08:01

    i have family in EDINBURGH its a beautiful place x

  18. Nuala R
    01/10/2018 / 23:15

    Looks Beautiful there I have never been but would like to now I have seen these pictures

  19. Jo m welsh
    06/10/2018 / 20:42

    Scotland is a place I would love to visit, a lovely review and the hotel sounds amazing

  20. Jo F
    07/10/2018 / 19:35

    Edinburgh is a lovely city we visited last summer. The national museum of Scotland is amazing.

  21. olivia Kirby
    08/10/2018 / 10:36

    I have never been to Scotland, Edinburgh does look very nice. I like art and culture so I am sure i would enjoy it.

  22. Jennifer Lince
    08/10/2018 / 13:53

    I went there a few years ago with I was pregnant with my youngest, spent 3 days marching up and down the high street trying to find places lol was fun! The buskers there are amazing!

  23. Marycarol
    09/10/2018 / 20:49

    Love Edinburgh such a beautiful city

  24. Jackie
    10/10/2018 / 07:03

    I would love to go

  25. Tracy Nixon
    10/10/2018 / 08:00

    Looks like a lovely place to visit x

  26. Nicola Marshall
    10/10/2018 / 08:46

    I have never been to Scotland but I’ve always wanted to visit Edinburgh. I would love to go at Christmas time I bet it’s lovely.

  27. Helen B
    10/10/2018 / 10:28

    I last visited Edinburgh many many years ago but my son would love to visit the castle

  28. Sophie Dolan
    10/10/2018 / 11:01

    This looks like an amazing weekend, I’d love to go here for Christmas!

  29. Emily rixon
    11/10/2018 / 13:07

    I absolutely adore Edinburgh! so near to where I grew up too

  30. Tina H
    11/10/2018 / 19:13

    I love Edinburgh. My baby brother lives there so I’m lucky to have a place to stay. Beautiful city.

  31. Helen Thurston
    11/10/2018 / 20:42

    I’ve always wanted to visit Edinburgh – looks such an interesting city.

  32. Louise Smith
    12/10/2018 / 18:48

    I love Edinburgh, itโ€™s got everything from shopping, bars, restaurants to castles and a zoo

    14/10/2018 / 11:57

    I have never had the pleasure of visiting Scotland, but its on my bucket list, the hotel looked lovely, Edinburgh Castle and the whisky experiences sounds fabulous.

  34. Chloe Taylor
    14/10/2018 / 15:37

    Wonderful photos – It’s on my bucket list to visit Edinburgh, such a beautiful city with great history.

  35. Justine Meyer
    14/10/2018 / 15:58

    I used to live in Haymrket a good few moons ago x

  36. Caroline Oakley
    14/10/2018 / 17:11

    I love Edinburgh, I think it’s one of my favourite places to visit!

  37. bev
    15/10/2018 / 08:19

    Never been but look great

  38. Emma Nixon
    15/10/2018 / 10:59

    edinburgh is a great city to visit. i travelled by train and stayed for a long weekend last year. Lots to do and see. Enjoyed the zoo. Lots of time viewing the pandas. The Royal Mile and castle are well worth a visit.

  39. Gemma Huelin
    15/10/2018 / 12:11

    Looks stunning

  40. Emma Kiff
    16/10/2018 / 05:32

    Never been but would love to go

  41. Hazel Rea
    16/10/2018 / 20:58

    I’ve never been to Edinburgh. Great review of it.

  42. Helen J
    17/10/2018 / 07:15

    Never been to Edinburgh, but this looks lovely. Another one to add to the list…

  43. Tanya
    17/10/2018 / 09:36

    A lovely city

  44. Bex
    18/10/2018 / 09:14

    Looks lovely

  45. Dragonfly63
    18/10/2018 / 09:41

    I have been to Edinburgh on my own but would love to take my husband for a long weekend when we retire

  46. Sarah Russell
    19/10/2018 / 00:54

    l would love this for my mother in law! she loves her Whisky! x

  47. Iris Tilley
    20/10/2018 / 09:18

    I’ve been on a whiskey tour when I visited my daughter in Inverness 4yrs ago. Great fun

  48. Christine Constable
    21/10/2018 / 18:22

    So many years since I visited Edinburgh and I’d love to go back.

  49. Niki Marie Wardle
    21/10/2018 / 20:05

    This looks gorgeous, I’m not sure the whiskey tour would be for me though

  50. Shelley Jessup
    22/10/2018 / 16:48

    I love visiting Edinburgh, I always visit the zoo to see the pandas & I have a few fave cocktail bars there too.

  51. A S,Edinburgh
    23/10/2018 / 12:33

    I’m very glad you enjoyed your visit. It sounds like you didn’t try to fit too many things in, instead giving yourself the time you needed to enjoy the places you chose to the full, which is a great idea with a city break.

  52. Danielle Sedgebeer
    24/10/2018 / 15:21

    I’ve never been but it looks like a very lovely place to visit

  53. bev
    27/10/2018 / 09:19

    That whisky tour just made it onto my bucket list!

  54. 27/10/2018 / 12:36

    I haven’t visited Edinburgh in quite some time but I really love it there. We always enjoy climbing the Scott Monument there.

  55. Susan B
    29/10/2018 / 17:43

    A lovely trip to a beautiful city and what a treat flying premium.

  56. Amanda tanner
    29/10/2018 / 19:46

    Visit the castle then an underground tour of the vaults which was scary

  57. Jean Cassell
    30/10/2018 / 13:11

    Edinburgh is a lovely city to visit. We love to wander around Stockbridge for all the great little independent shops.

  58. Claire Nutman
    31/10/2018 / 10:34

    The castle looks like a must visit, and i do love Scotland and wish to visit again….

  59. Billy Adams
    31/10/2018 / 10:38

    Diagon House at 40 Victoria St for any Harry Potter fans. Amazing!

  60. brenda heads
    31/10/2018 / 21:28

    What a lovely hotel and all those bottles of alcohol. No wonder you had such a great time.

  61. Lorraine Langham
    01/11/2018 / 14:37

    Looks fabulous, I have never visited Edinburgh but am tempted to now!

  62. Michelle whyte
    01/11/2018 / 18:52

    I have never been to Scotland and your blog has inspired me…being half Scottish it’s ridiculous that I’ve not explored this beautiful country

  63. Carolyn E
    02/11/2018 / 13:10

    Edinburgh is a great city, love some of the trendy suburbs too

  64. Eileen Sumner
    02/11/2018 / 23:05

    Went to Edinburgh to see the Tattoo

  65. Amelia Avossa
    03/11/2018 / 14:21

    JEL!!! it sounds like u had a ball it looks so BEAUTIFUL! i love ancient looking places! id get married here if i could! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ˜ Thanks for sharing hun! x

  66. Wendy Tolhurst
    03/11/2018 / 16:32

    Edinburgh looks a fantastic city and there are always different events going on. I have never been to Scotland and would love to visit Edinburgh but I am in a wheelchair and, from photos I have seen and different things people have said, I would struggle to be able to get about, even with my husband pushing the wheelchair.

  67. Louise Reeks
    04/11/2018 / 13:14

    looks good there never been

  68. Elaine Skye Clarke
    05/11/2018 / 14:59

    Love your photos, you seem to have enjoyed it.๐Ÿ’•

  69. Nadia Josephine
    05/11/2018 / 22:27

    Reading this blog has made me want to go to Edinburgh so much! I think it is one of those cities that has everything and has the best of modern life and history. Definitely on the bucket list!

  70. Amy Bondoc
    06/11/2018 / 22:03

    Ive always wanted to go to edinburgh, looks like you had a lovely time

  71. jo liddement
    08/11/2018 / 14:49

    Edinburgh is on my wishlist for places to visit. I would love to go down into the Vaults and see if i can feel any ghostly atmospheres.

  72. Lindsey Stuart
    09/11/2018 / 11:17

    Aww wow it looks like you had an amazing trip to Edinburgh! It is an amazing City with lots of incredible places to explore, The Hotel looks super quirky I love it!

  73. Rebecca Nisbet
    11/11/2018 / 11:28

    it looks lovely there

  74. Natasha R-M
    11/11/2018 / 12:24

    The Scotsman Hotel looks stylish, comfortable and full of character. It would be lovely to stay there and learn more about Scottish history by visiting Edinburgh Castle.

  75. Marie Evans
    11/11/2018 / 17:08

    We have relations in Edinburgh so we have seen the castle.Love how it stands proud on the hill,I remember our relation saying as a child she used to climb up Arthur’s Seat ( the mountain in Edinburgh ) And sit and watch the garden parties in the grounds of Holyrood House.

  76. Deborah Embleton
    11/11/2018 / 19:37

    Looks amazing, I’d love to visit Edinburgh ๐Ÿ˜Š

  77. emma g
    11/11/2018 / 19:58

    Looks lovely ๐Ÿ™‚

  78. T Brailey
    12/11/2018 / 06:08

    This is somewhere that I have not visited yet. Lovely reading your blog, I must go.

  79. Amanda Noble
    12/11/2018 / 19:14

    Ooh I would love to visit looks like you had an amazing experience!

  80. amanda greensmith
    13/11/2018 / 11:56

    i’ve always wanted to visit Edinburgh its such a beautiful city x

  81. Laura Wheatley
    13/11/2018 / 12:17

    I have never been to Edinburgh but would love to, I just need to convince my other half

  82. sandy lynn ralph
    13/11/2018 / 19:47

    oh it sure looks beautiful there i would love to visit

  83. A S,Edinburgh
    14/11/2018 / 07:09

    I’m so happy you liked the castle, I think it’s well worth a visit.

  84. Lyndsey Cooksey
    14/11/2018 / 10:44

    I would love to go to Scotland! It’s on my list of destinations I would love to go too. Looks like you had a great time! I know the whisky distillery would be a must of my husband lol. The hotel looks inviting too!

  85. Rebecca Whatmore
    14/11/2018 / 15:18

    Would love to go back to Edinburgh – lovely city!

  86. paula cheadle
    15/11/2018 / 05:56

    I have never been to Edinburgh but I understand it is a wonderful place to visit

  87. Rachael Sexey
    15/11/2018 / 07:05

    I would love to visit Edinburgh ๐Ÿ˜€

  88. Jo Hutchings
    15/11/2018 / 07:36

    I love Edinburgh, such an atmospheric city. I hope to go again one day.

  89. Fiona Johnstone
    15/11/2018 / 10:06

    Edinburgh is a lovely place to visit. A visit to the castle is a must.

  90. Sandra Fortune
    15/11/2018 / 10:33

    Been to Edinburgh lots of years ago really good would love to go again and try the whisky tour

  91. Roisin
    15/11/2018 / 10:41

    Love Edinburgh especially when the Christmas markets are on

  92. Sarah Morris
    15/11/2018 / 11:11

    Looks like you had a great time

  93. Denise walton
    15/11/2018 / 11:33

    It looks a beautiful place Iโ€™ve been through it but never stopped to look around

  94. Michelle Corbett
    15/11/2018 / 14:58

    I want to go so bad now! Only ever been to London. Think I need to live more x

  95. Sharon l Catterall
    15/11/2018 / 15:48

    ive never been,it looks really nice though

  96. Anthea Holloway
    15/11/2018 / 18:03

    What a wonderful trip you had! I have never been to Edinburgh but your account has inspired me to try to go soon.

  97. Diane Crafter
    15/11/2018 / 19:41

    the scotsman looks amazing.

    15/11/2018 / 20:15

    I have visited Scotland, but I have never been to Edinburgh. It looks wonderful. We love Scotland and the friendly people, so I’ treally want to stay in this lovely city.

  99. Sylvia Paul
    15/11/2018 / 20:54

    I’ve passed through Edinburgh but never actually visited it. The Castle looks like an amazing day out xx

  100. Nikki Phipps
    15/11/2018 / 21:01

    I love Edinburgh ๐Ÿ’–

  101. Elanor Rice
    15/11/2018 / 22:11

    Sounds like a wonderful visit. Such a beautiful city.

    15/11/2018 / 22:25

    Great photos, it looks like you had a wonderful time

  103. Helen Hames
    15/11/2018 / 22:59

    I just love Scotland!

  104. Lisa Mcalley
    15/11/2018 / 23:22

    Edinburgh is my home town but i left years ago. Many memories

  105. Anthea Holloway
    11/06/2019 / 13:40

    I have never been to Edinburgh and your post really makes me want to go there now! Thank you for all the interesting information.

  106. Susan Smith
    06/11/2019 / 10:57

    Its a beautiful City, been a couple of times and have enjoyed the history which it offers, never got to the Castle and didnt realise it held crown jewels, so when we next go, thats the first place to visit on our agenda, thank you for this review

  107. Anthea Holloway
    15/12/2019 / 18:38

    What a lovely place – I have always wanted to go to Edinburgh and perhaps one day I shall. Your account makes me want to go even more!

  108. Anthea Holloway
    05/06/2020 / 18:28

    I have never been to Edinburgh and you have given me even more of a desire to go there. What a lovely time you had and what super places to visit while there.

  109. 02/09/2020 / 19:33

    I really want to go to Edinburgh it looks like such a beautiful place. And that hotel looks great!

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